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When Jesus Was A Refugee

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Meter: D Appears in 1 hymnal Lyrics: When Jesus was a refugee from Herod’s cruel tyranny, ... Topics: Chirstian Life Neighbors; Peace and Justice Scripture: Matthew 25:35-36 Used With Tune: NEIGHBORS Text Sources: The Song Lingers On

God, How Can We Comprehend?

Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette Meter: D Appears in 3 hymnals First Line: God, how can we comprehend-- Lyrics: ... value everyone, For each homeless refugee Is your daughter or your ... Topics: Refugees Scripture: Colossians 1:20 Used With Tune: ABERYSTWYTH

God of the poor

Author: Graham Kendrick, 1950- Appears in 11 hymnals First Line: Beauty for brokenness Lyrics: to a flame. 3 Refuge from cruel wars, ... Topics: Refugee/Outcast Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6-10 Used With Tune: BEAUTY FOR BROKENNESS


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Composer: Lawrence Francis Bartlett, 1933 Meter: D Appears in 223 hymnals Tune Sources: Gaelic melody Tune Key: C Major Incipit: 13512 76565 12356 Used With Text: Child in the manger


Composer: Colin Hand Meter: Appears in 178 hymnals Tune Sources: Somerset folk song collected by Cecil Sharp, 1859-1924 Tune Key: G Major Incipit: 51232 16551 71234 Used With Text: When God Almighty came to earth (God on earth)


Composer: Anonymous; Franklin L. Sheppard Appears in 154 hymnals Tune Sources: Traditional English melody; Alleluia , 1915 Tune Key: E Flat Major Incipit: 12353 21234 65326 Used With Text: "Fear Not!" the Angel Said


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When Jesus Was A Refugee

Author: Mary Nelson Keithahn Hymnal: The Song Lingers On #9 (2003) Meter: D Lyrics: When Jesus was a refugee from Herod’s cruel tyranny, ... Topics: Chirstian Life Neighbors; Peace and Justice Scripture: Matthew 25:35-36 Tune Title: NEIGHBORS
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To Find a Place

Author: Secretary Michael Hymnal: Secular Hymnal #115 (2014) First Line: Running and running, as a refugee Refrain First Line: To find a place where they accept my face Lyrics: ... Running and running as a refugee I'm running and running ... Languages: English Tune Title: CRUCIFER

"Fear Not!" the Angel Said

Author: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette Hymnal: Songs of Grace #11 (2009) Meter: D First Line: "Fear not!" the angel said, "God's joy is in the air! Lyrics: ... , you hungry child, you homeless refugee, You battered woman, burdened down ... Topics: Refugees Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:9 Languages: English Tune Title: TERRA BEATA


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Mary Nelson Keithahn

b. 1934 Author of "When Jesus Was A Refugee" in The Song Lingers On Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns together, some of which are included in these hymnals and supplements: Community of Christ Sings, God’s Mission, God’s Song, Hymns of Heritage and Hope, Lift Up Your Hearts, Sing Justice! Do Justice, Sing the Faith, Singing Our Savior’s Story, Singing the New Testament, The Faith We Sing, Upper Room Worshipbook, Voices Found, Voices United, and Worship and Song. They have also published four collections of their hymns: Come Away with Me and Time Now to Gather (Abingdon, 1998), The Song Lingers On (Zimbel, 2003), and Faith That Lets Us Sing (Wayne Leupold Editions, 2017). Mary is a Life Member and former board member of Choristers Guild and a Life Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. She is also a member of ASCAP. In 2006 she received a Distinguished Achievement Award from her alma mater, Carleton College in Northfield, MN, in recognition of her work in composing text for religious music. Mary was married to the Rev. Richard K. Keithahn, a U.C.C. pastor, and widowed in 1986. She has three children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. --mnk

John D. Horman

b. 1946 Composer of "NEIGHBORS" in The Song Lingers On

Joseph Parry

1841 - 1903 Composer of "ABERYSTWYTH" in Songs of Grace Joseph Parry (b. Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorganshire, Wales, 1841; d. Penarth, Glamorganshire, 1903) was born into a poor but musical family. Although he showed musical gifts at an early age, he was sent to work in the puddling furnaces of a steel mill at the age of nine. His family immigrated to a Welsh settlement in Danville, Pennsylvania in 1854, where Parry later started a music school. He traveled in the United States and in Wales, performing, studying, and composing music, and he won several Eisteddfodau (singing competition) prizes. Parry studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at Cambridge, where part of his tuition was paid by interested community people who were eager to encourage his talent. From 1873 to 1879 he was professor of music at the Welsh University College in Aberystwyth. After establishing private schools of music in Aberystwyth and in Swan sea, he was lecturer and professor of music at the University College of South Wales in Cardiff (1888-1903). Parry composed oratorios, cantatas, an opera, orchestral and chamber music, as well as some four hundred hymn tunes. Bert Polman


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